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20 December 2021

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2021 Edition

I’ve been neglecting my blog this year, but I just had to put up my annual Christmas post. This is the last shopping week before Christmas, and I hope that this post gives you some ideas about what the buy the geologist in your life. There are some good ideas for stocking stuffers below, as well as for some more expensive gifts. I should be back to more regular blogging …

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25 December 2020

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2020 Edition

Merry Christmas, everyone! It has been quite a year. If your year has been like mine, you are still recovering… and buying last-minute Christmas presents! This is the 10th year that I have published my “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list. This year, I am recommending ten geology textbooks that the geologist in your family will be certain to love. If you want to check out my gift …

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25 December 2019

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2019 Edition

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ve been extremely busy recently and almost didn’t get around to posting my “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list this year. However, I decided that rather than skip the list this year I’ll post a “last minute gift list” that will consist of ten of my favorite geology books… that can be given as e-books, for example through the Kindle store. So, if you haven’t …

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21 December 2018

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2018 Edition

There’s one shopping weekend left before Christmas. Don’t know what to buy the geologist in your family? Never fear, the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is here. You can also browse the previous lists here: 2010 – Part I 2010 – Part II 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I hope to blog more regularly in 2019, so …

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23 December 2017

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2017 Edition

My annual What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas list is very late this year… along with some of my other holiday traditions. For example, I’m generally quite diligent about sending cards, but I have not yet mailed a single Christmas card! I think that my cards will only go out in January or maybe even February. At least I have a good excuse: my son is 10 weeks old …

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15 December 2016

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2016 Edition

There are ten shopping days left before Christmas. Do you have a geologist in your family but are not sure what to buy him or her? Never fear, the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is here! Below are ten great gift ideas for geologists. If you don’t see something that strikes your fancy on this list, check out the previous years lists: 2010 – Part …

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19 December 2015

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2015 Edition

Once again, like in 2013, the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is a little late. That’s okay, though. If you’re having a busy December like me, then you’re probably a little behind on your holiday shopping. Also, these days you can order things online and request overnight delivery. Such is the modern world! Do you have a geologist (or several) in your family? Then check out …

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10 December 2014

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2014 Edition

Well, it’s that time of year again… it’s time for the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” (or Chanukah or Newtonmas, etc.) list! Do you have a geologist (or several) in your family? Then check out the list below for some holiday gift ideas. Also be sure to also check out the 2010 (Part I and Part II), 2011, 2012, and 2013 lists. I apologize that some of the pictures and links …

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13 January 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Oudekraal Beach, South Africa

Yesterday was my 30th birthday. Amongst other wonderful things, my husband Jackie organized a surprise birthday party for me at Oudekraal, a beautiful beach (and national park) here in Cape Town. Bordered on one side by gigantic boulders and turquoise-blue waters and flanked on the other side by tall, jagged, gray-green mountains, Oudekraal is a stunning location. Jackie rented a kayak, brought plenty of delicious picnic food, and invited many …

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20 December 2013

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2013 Edition

The annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is a little late this year. Sorry about that– I’ve been extremely busy recently, primarily with work. There are some changes afoot in my professional life– I’ll provide an update on that when I can. I feel that December has just flown by. I can’t believe that there are now only 5 days until Christmas! However, there is still …

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20 November 2012

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2012 Edition

Do you have a geologist (or several) in your family, and you’re not sure what to buy them for Christmas? Good news! The Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” (or Chanukah, Newtonmas, etc.) 2012 holiday gift guide is here. I also recommend looking through the previous Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” lists: 2011 Edition 2010 Edition- Part I 2010 Edition- Part II You may also …

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14 February 2012

A Heart of Stone

A heart of stone. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! For those of you who are grumpy on Valentine’s Day, here’s a heart of stone. For the geologists, this heart of stone that should make you slightly less grumpy. There are some good stones in there, including gabbros, purple calcite, nummulite-bearing rock, and some excellent shell fossils. I’ve had a busy Valentine’s Day. I’m tired from spending 12 hours working on my …

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25 December 2011

A Christmas Rock: Island Time!

Happy Newtonmas / Christmas to everyone! To celebrate, here’s a very big Christmas rock– Christmas Island, which is located in the Indian Ocean south of Indonesia. The island was dubbed “Christmas Island” by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company, who arrived at the island on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1643. Geologically, the island consists of basalt (originating from a submarine volcano) on which limestone (made primarily from …

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3 December 2011

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2011 Edition

Do you have a geologist (or several) in your family, and you’re not sure what to buy them for Christmas? Good news! The Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” (or Chanukah, Newtonmas, etc.) 2011 gift guide is here. Last year, I wrote two popular posts titled What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas and What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas- Part II. There are many good gift …

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30 May 2011

A Memorial Day Rock: Marble

Marble headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.Photo taken from Wikipedia here. On Memorial Day I always remember the trips I’ve taken to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. I still remember my first visit to the cemetery. I was seventeen and applying to the United States Naval Academy. I was down in Washington, DC for the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar, an intense week that gives Naval Academy applicants a taste of …

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21 February 2011

A Presidents’ Day Rock: Granite (& Mica Schist)

Presidents carved in granite. Image taken from wikipedia here. Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone! Lab is nice and quiet today, in honor of our nation’s presidents. Excellent. I always accomplish more on holidays! Fewer people around to distract me. In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a document published by the U.S. National Park Service about the geology of Mt. Rushmore: Mount Rushmore National Memorial Geologic Resource Evaluation Report And here …

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14 February 2011

A Valentine’s Day Rock: Heartstones

A heartstone is a heart-shaped rock. Many different types of rocks can be heartstones; all that matters is the shape. Many heartstones form naturally through tricks of weathering; others are artificially chiseled and polished into a heart shape. I  often look for heartstones when walking– along a beach, a woodland path, or even a driveway. Whenever I find a heartstone, I think fondly of a bookstore called “Heartstone Books” that …

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A Valentine’s Day Rock: Heartstones

A heartstone is a heart-shaped rock. Many different types of rocks can be heartstones; all that matters is the shape. Many heartstones form naturally through tricks of weathering; others are artificially chiseled and polished into a heart shape. I  often look for heartstones when walking– along a beach, a woodland path, or even a driveway. Whenever I find a heartstone, I think fondly of a bookstore called “Heartstone Books” that …

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12 January 2011

A Birthday Rock: Peridotite

Today is my birthday, so I am going to post some pictures of my favorite rock, which is peridotite. One of my committee members often refers to peridotite as “prettytite.” I agree that peridotite– which is comprised primarily of the minerals pyroxene and olivine– is very, very pretty. Image taken from here. Image taken from here. Image taken from here. Image taken from here. Image taken from here. Peridotite sometimes …

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1 January 2011

A New Year’s Day Rock: Travertine Icings and Scums

Happy New Year! To celebrate the new year, here are some photos of some very new rocks. These travertines in Oman are some of the youngest rocks I’ve encountered in my geological wanderings. These “icings” and “scums”  are travertines (mostly the mineral calcite) that are precipitating from highly alkaline (pH ~11-12) springs that form when rainwater circulates through mantle peridotite. Thin layers of newly-formed travertine (icings) often float on the …

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